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Mrs. Kathleen McSweeney

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year.
As this year has us interacting with one another in a more conventional format, I am very excited about presenting an amazing hands-on chemistry experience for my students. Also, please know that I am aware of the challenges that our students will face as they move from a digital format to an in person format. I promise to provide them with as much support and information as possible. Google Classroom will be an invaluable resource to them. In there, they will find everything they could need to be 100% succesful in chemistry.
This is my 20th year teaching in District 218 and at Eisenhower High School. I student taught at Richards High School while earning my Masters Degree from DePaul Univeristy. I have an undergraduate degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Augustana College and worked as a chemist before chosing to become a teacher. I have been a science geek my entire life and chemistry has always been my favorite and most challenging subject. 
I look forward to a year filled with new discoveries and relationships. Your students will be be provided a classroom experience in addition to the hands on, and most fun, chemical activities that will enhance the learning process and hopefully make chemistry more relevant for them! I will be available two days a week after school if anyone needs help. Students will also have access to useful videos and web pages in Google Classroom to help them when they are out of the building or struggling with homework or studying at home.
The following information provides my schedule for the day and the Google Classroom Codes students will need for this school year. Parents, please feel free to join the Classroom as well. As a parent of a former high school student I found it very useful to do this myself to help my teen stay on track and so I could better understand what was going on in her classes. 
Period Class Google Classroom Code
1 Chemistry rh5tnvc
2 Chemistry rh54rbf
3 PLP  
4 Lunch  
5 Chemistry 6bhmpkt
6 Chemistry iaiupg3
7 Plan  
8 Chemistry eaak7hy
Class Expectations and Syllabus:
As with every year, each semester brings challenges that both students and teachers do not anticipate. For that reason, each semester I recreate my class expectations to best meet the needs of my current students. The current class expectations information sheet is posted on the Google Classroom page for each of my classes. It will always be located at the top of the Classwork tab so that it is easy to find and refernce if students or parents have any questions regarding class policies. 
After School Availability:
I will be available after school on Tuesday's from 3:20 pm until 4:15 pm. If there is a change to this students will be notified as soon as possible. I am after school to help with assignments, tutoring, and taking/retaking tests or quizzes. In addition, labs will need to be completed after school on Wednesday if the student was absent on a lab day the previous week. 
If you need/wish to contact me for any reason, please do not hesitate. For fastest response email is best.
However, I do believe that a person-to-person conversation is sometimes needed to best answer a question or resolve a situation. Please leave me a voicemail message with your name, your students name, a contact number, and what the call is pertaining to. This information will allow me to return your call quickly and have the necessary information prepared so that we may have a satisfactory conversation. Thank you.
Phone: 708-597-6300 Ext. 4382